Yertle the Turtle stacking!
Yertle the Turtle stacking!
Today we made book covers of our favorite Seuss books!
I have this giant cardboard tube in one corner of my classroom. (It came with my classroom rug and I need it for when I have to store the rug over the summer, so I can’t get rid of it.) I’ve been meaning for years to do something creative with it, and today while reading Dr. Seuss it hit me: Seuss signpost!
I think it turned out pretty well!
It’s Pajama Day! And it’s during Seuss Week! I am smug and comfy in my perfect PJ pants.
(I’m also one of the only teachers participating, sigh. I feel a bit silly. But I know my students will love it.)
All of first grade did a “why do you read” writing prompt after reading I Can Read With My Eyes Shut. Cute!
Why do you feel lucky?
Advisory idea. Cute!
All this week, I’ve been doing number hunts as morning work. The kids love it, and it’s kind of fun for me too, both “hiding” the letter signs and watching the kids excitedly finding them all!
We kicked off our Dr. Seuss unit today with a green eggs and ham breakfast, provided free of charge (plus hats for each kid!) by Beaches restaurant. A lot of parents showed up, which was awesome. It was a blast, and I love the thank you letters the kids wrote.
We also had a surprise visit from The Cat in the Hat and Thing 1!
We wrapped up our book study on Strega Nona with a “cause and effect” project. The kids come up with what they would want a magic pot to make, plus a secret way of making it stop, then illustrate what would happen if the pot was used correctly and incorrectly. Usually I just give the kids black paper to cut out for a pot shape, but I happened across some cheap little plastic St. Patrick’s Day pots, and decided to get creative and insert the pots into the paper. It took a few tries to get the hole just the right size and shape, but it worked! The kids loved this project, and it was a fun way to say goodbye to Strega Nona.
Tomorrow we start our Dr. Seuss unit!
I’ve been doing a book study on Strega Nona with my class in the past couple of weeks! We are learning how to do opinion writing, so I started by reading Strega Nona, stopping before the end, and having the kids write what they think should happen and why. Then we read the her story/his story books about Strega Nona and Big Anthony, and the class came up with describing words for both characters. The following day, I wrote the words on cards and taped them all over the room for the kids to find and then add to our character comparison chart.
Before reading Strega Nona’s Magic Lessons, I did a lesson on how opinions can and should change with new information, and asked the class to share if they thought Big Anthony should be allowed to stay with Strega Nona or not. Then I read Magic Lessons and we had a think-pair-share discussion about if their opinions had changed, and why. This was *awesome*…I was really proud of the way they were respectful of differing opinions, and several students were able to articulate that their first opinion had changed, and what caused them to rethink it.
Finally, as we are also learning about letter writing right now, I read Strega Nona Takes a Vacation, and had the kids make postcards, writing as Strega Nona (to Big Anthony, Bambalona, or both). These were fantastic! The kids really got into character, telling Big Anthony not to touch that pasta pot, promising gifts, describing activities…oh, I loved their ideas!